Ensembl Plants Project Leader
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 7 (monthly salary starting at £3,486.80 after tax)
Closing Date: 13 April 2021
Reference Number: EBI01799
We are seeking to recruit an energetic Project Leader to help develop and manage the Ensembl Plants resource (and related resources) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus.

Ensembl Plants is a leading global database for plant genomes. Developed using the Ensembl software framework, Ensembl Plants provides access to genome sequence, gene annotation, and analysis tools to large numbers of researchers working in many different species. We are part of the United Kingdom’s Designing Future Wheat program, which brings together eight organisations aiming to assist in the development of improved wheat varieties; European and trans-Atlantic collaborations (in the ELIXIR and Gramene projects); and are working with the community to develop new data standards and tools to assist in the collection and dissemination of data. We are looking for a new staff member to take responsibility for this project.

Your role

The project leader’s role will be varied, and will involve
  • Staff supervision
  • Project and grant deliverable management
  • Coordinating development of novel data flows and analysis methods for working with plant data
  • Interacting with our collaborators, with data generators, and with the user community
  • Contributing to data releases and development of the Ensembl code base
  • Developing operating procedures, code specifications, and priorities for future work
They will need to work closely with other staff contributing to the Ensembl services, and will be expected to contribute to the preparation of reports due to funding agencies, and to applications for additional funding. The post would suit an experienced bioinformatician, ideally one with established connections to the European plant research community, with an interest in, and ideas for, developing services that facilitate genomic-driven research. If you join us, you will find a supportive environment, outstanding local know-how, a robust infrastructure and toolset forming the basis of services whose development you will oversee.

You have

You should hold a BSc. or higher degree in computer science/bioinformatics/biological sciences/related field or hold equivalent professional qualifications. Experience delivering production quality software on a regular release cycle to meet project needs is required. Research or equivalent experience in plant genomics and bioinformatics is essential. Typically people in this role have four or more years of experience in the domain.

Computational expertise is also necessary: the applicant is expected to be familiar with Linux, relational database management systems, and at least one programming language.

A successful candidate must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

You might also have

The successful candidate will be familiar with many of the types of data we handle in Ensembl Plants (including but not limited to short read sequencing data, variant call data, and multiple sequencing alignments) and aware of the common approaches and pitfalls when dealing with them.

They will be familiar with Ensembl Plants and ideally have a working knowledge of other leading biomolecular archives and resources. The candidate should also have experience of code repositories, compute farms and queuing systems, containers, and other tools for software development and deployment will be considered favourably. Finally experience of managing teams and complex projects whilst not essential is highly desirable.

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:
  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents:Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

This position is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. 

At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.